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Fruit Tree of the Month: Jack Fruit
By Luckner Timothee (Edited by David Munroe & Charles A. Carey
Aug 22, 2012 - 7:30:55 PM

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There are many fruit trees in The Bahamas and in the months to come, Let’s Grow Bahamas will be selecting the “must have” trees for your yard.   Our first pick for the month of August will be the Jack Fruit Tree. The fruit obtained from this tree is a delicacy that has been enjoyed through the generations in many different countries. 

At first glance you will wonder if it’s edible because of its size and shape. Most household cannot possibility consume one fruit, let alone the amount of fruits that this tree bears. The size of the fruit measures from 15- 20 inches long and weighs as much as 30- 70 pounds. So when we talk about size you can imagine this fruit naturally being the biggest in the World. 

We conducted a small survey of random individuals on Grand Bahama who might have knowledge of this fruit; statistical data shows that only 13% of them knew of this fruit. If you wanted to imagine what the fruit from this tree would look like, picture a Sour Sop fruit with its size increased 50 to 80 times larger than usual. 

Though no one knows of it origin it is presumed to have originated in the rainforest in southwest India with close relation to mulberries (moraceae or mulberry family). Some of the most popular locations where this fruit can be found is Africa, Thailand, Sri Lanka and even in the Caribbean, including Cuba and Jamaica, as well Brazil, just to name a few.

Only recently have I been noticing it in The Bahamas. For it sweet taste and size, and because you can use the seeds to make an array of dishes “Let’s grow Bahamas” has decided to make the Jack Fruit tree it’s fruit tree for the Month of August.


About the Author: Luckner Timothee is a backyard Farmer in Grand Bahama since starting his garden a few years ago he has wooed his friends with his produce and creative farming ideas. He continually learns from his friends and family about the process of farming and the struggles that a farmer goes through daily. He is now working on a Web show called “Let’s Grow Bahamas” to be released on “Grand Bahama Backyard Farmers”. He is attending seminars in order to meet other farmers around the world and to further his knowledge about Farming. To contact Luckner Timothee email him at: bahamafarmers@live.com

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